An overview of APSIM, a model designed for farming systems simulation

Keating, BA, Carberry, PS, Hammer, GL, Probert, ME, Robertson, MJ, Holzworth, D, Huth, NI, Hargreaves, JNG, Meinke, H, Hochman, Z, McLean, G, Verburg, K, Snow, V, Dimes, JP, Silburn, M, Wang, E, Brown, S, Bristow, KL, Asseng, S, Chapman, S, McCown, RL, Freebairn, DM and Smith, CJ (2003) An overview of APSIM, a model designed for farming systems simulation. European Journal of Agronomy, 18 3-4: 267-288. doi:10.1016/S1161-0301(02)00108-9

Author Keating, BA
Carberry, PS
Hammer, GL
Probert, ME
Robertson, MJ
Holzworth, D
Huth, NI
Hargreaves, JNG
Meinke, H
Hochman, Z
McLean, G
Verburg, K
Snow, V
Dimes, JP
Silburn, M
Wang, E
Brown, S
Bristow, KL
Asseng, S
Chapman, S
McCown, RL
Freebairn, DM
Smith, CJ
Title An overview of APSIM, a model designed for farming systems simulation
Journal name European Journal of Agronomy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1161-0301
Publication date 2003-01-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S1161-0301(02)00108-9
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 3-4
Start page 267
End page 288
Total pages 22
Editor F. Villalobos
Place of publication The Nethelands
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Subject C1
280399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
620501 Field crops
700101 Application packages
Abstract The Agricultural Production Systems Simulator (APSIM) is a modular modelling framework that has been developed by the Agricultural Production Systems Research Unit in Australia. APSIM was developed to simulate biophysical process in farming systems, in particular where there is interest in the economic and ecological outcomes of management practice in the face of climatic risk. The paper outlines APSIM's structure and provides details of the concepts behind the different plant, soil and management modules. These modules include a diverse range of crops, pastures and trees, soil processes including water balance, N and P transformations, soil pH, erosion and a full range of management controls. Reports of APSIM testing in a diverse range of systems and environments are summarised. An example of model performance in a long-term cropping systems trial is provided. APSIM has been used in a broad range of applications, including support for on-farm decision making, farming systems design for production or resource management objectives, assessment of the value of seasonal climate forecasting, analysis of supply chain issues in agribusiness activities, development of waste management guidelines, risk assessment for government policy making and as a guide to research and education activity. An extensive citation list for these model testing and application studies is provided. Crown Copyright (C) 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Keyword Farming Systems Modelling
Simulation Model
Sugarcane Production Systems
Leaf-area Dynamics
Wheat Model
Northern Australia
Semiarid Tropics
Cropping Systems
Climatic Risk
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Authors of this document: Keating, BA; Carberry, PS; Hammer, GL; Probert, ME; Robertson, MJ; Holzworth, D; Huth, NI; Hargreaves, JNG; Meinke, H; Hochman, Z; McLean, G; Verburg, K; Snow, V; Dimes, JP; Silburn, M; Wang, E; Brown, S; Bristow, KL; Asseng, S; Chapman, S; McCown, RL; Freebairn, DM; Smith, CJ.

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